Youth Group, for those in grades 5 and up.
The EHCC Youth Group will meet most Sundays from 11:15am-12:45pm under the leadership of Rachel Shinabarger. Parents have agreed to bring snacks to supplement the coffee hour snacks, using a shared EHCC Youth Google calendar to coordinate. (Please contact Dee if you need help connecting there.) Rachel will generally have the last Sunday of the month off as part of her internship agreement. At this time we are planning on encouraging youth to participate in Super Suppers on those last Sundays of the month, helping with dessert (or other) food donations and helping with hospitality and cleanup. EHCC is happy to sign papers to designate this service as community service hours for graduation requirements. In addition to these regular meetings, the pastoral and parent support team is hoping to offer an occasional fellowship event—outings to Seattle or elsewhere for fun. It’s shaping up to be a great year of togetherness for our beloved junior and senior high youth! Please contact Pastor Dee if you have questions or concerns.
Youth Group Lock-In:
Saturday, December 15 (exact start time TBD). All youth (5th-12th grade) are welcome to join us for an overnight at church. This will be a fun night of various games, food, movies, laughter, and Christmas Pageant rehearsal.
Here is a brief biography of Rachel:
A recent graduate, Rachel has a B.A. degree in Global Studies. Fueled by her desire for experiencing other cultures and travel, she spent 3 semesters abroad in Ecuador/Peru, Germany, and Guatemala respectively.
Rachel has a deep passion for cultivating justice globally, locally, and personally. A strong proponent of intersectionality, Rachel helped co-found/co-lead Students for Sustainable Living on her university campus and was active in several anti-human trafficking initiatives. She has served in several ministerial and mentoring roles with various ministries including A Christian Ministry in the National Parks and Sky Lodge Christian Camp. She loves deepening her faith through spiritual formation practices and fostering meaningful conversations.
In her free time she can likely be found adventuring in creation (preferably barefoot), making dad jokes, and giving (consensual) hugs. Rachel is eager to live in a community earnestly living out the call to shalom in this world.
Rachel will be interning with Earth Ministry and serving with Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.
When we’re together we:
Have Fun: Play games, do activities, have interesting conversations, celebrate festive occasions together…
Explore: We discuss all sorts of aspects of faith and Christianity (and other religions!) including how faith/religion affects our lives. We ask lots of questions; we don’t have all the answers.
Do Service: We help out at church and in the community: from church projects to befriending the elderly and shut-ins to volunteering with Helpline House and the Streets of Seattle…we care about the needs of others!
Worship: We pray and praise together.